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Forging Ahead with Optimism

A case for positivity: stimulus, vaccines, and a revolution in ownership

March 25, 2021

It’s been a challenging year since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020, but there’s a lot to be hopeful about right now.

First and foremost, we’ve turned a corner in the country’s vaccination effort, which is moving along more quickly than anticipated and setting the stage for a “quite possibly wonderful summer.” On top of the positive health-related news, many Americans received $1,400 stimulus checks thanks to the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. And more financial relief is on the way in the form of $19 billion in emergency rental assistance, $100 million in housing counseling programs, and $5 billion to help combat homelessness.

At the same time we’re seeing these glimmers of hope, exciting new innovations and forms of ownership (e.g., NFTs, RNT) have sprung up and empowered people with a sense of belonging.

To be sure, there are still plenty of concerns that deserve our attention. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate and focus on the positives, too. Because they’re out there. Heck, you can even get free donuts with proof of vaccination. 🍩

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A New Era of Ownership

From the swift digitization of our economy to the push for greater equity in America, much will be different in a post-COVID world. 

One of the new norms we’re excited about is the transformation of ownership. The decentralization. The connection to originality and authenticity. The digital landscape. It’s all game-changing.

As non-fungible tokens mushroom into a billion-dollar market, we’re interested in what they mean for the expansion of ownership. We’re interested in what a new approach to ownership can do for economic opportunity and democracy. 

We’re thinking about what it would mean for anyone, anywhere to invest in the places they love and the places they believe in. Each and every one of us creates value in our cities and neighborhoods, so isn't it time we had the opportunity to invest in them?

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Something Exciting is Happening

Speaking of ownership, we’ve got something special to share...

We've spent almost a year turning renters into owners by developing a new category in housing: Rentership. Now, we're getting ready to radically expand access and opportunity even further. And we want you to be a part of it.

Keep an eye on your inbox and follow us on social media for updates. You won’t want to miss this!

In Other News

  • Since vaccine distribution began in December, more than 126 million doses have been administered, fully vaccinating over 44 million Americans.

  • The red-hot housing market is attracting tons of new realtors. They are discovering it’s tough going, especially when representing a buyer.

  • President Biden visited Columbus this week to tout the $1.9 trillion stimulus package and talk healthcare in a speech at Ohio State University. 

  • You’ve heard about GameStop and other “meme stocks.” But have you met this generation’s loud and charismatic stock influencers?

Parting Thoughts

It’s been said that optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.

Well, count. us. in. because we’re excited about what’s on the horizon. As we search for a “new normal,” we need optimism to achieve what we want to achieve, whether it’s equity, a more perfect democracy, or something else entirely.

Incredible innovation is taking place and changing the face of ownership. As we embrace these new forms, we should keep in mind that ownership is about so much more than financial value. It’s about how access affects us as people and how we view ourselves within our community––physical, digital, or otherwise. It’s about empowering everyone with a sense of belonging.

We believe that when you own a piece of your community, you are granted a deeper sense of belonging and responsibility. It’s what makes us so passionate about expanding access and opportunity for everyone to own in our communities.

It’s why we can’t wait to tell you about our next big innovation in ownership.

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